eThekwini District City Comments 21/22

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budget
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Alison
Refuse
The collection of household refuse is erratic. Black bags and bags for recyclables are not supplied for months at a time. provide a regular, reliable service if you want us to pay.
Alison
Electricity
WE experience numerous electricity outages....some times days at a time. Maintain the infrastructure correctly to save costs. how can we be asked to pay for a service we do not receive, let alone an increase in tariff.
Charles
Property rates
All of the categories, rates, sewage, water, electricity and general infrastructure are of concern.
There is a continuous increase in rates and prices of services with a seemingly continuous deterioration in standards of all these services.
I was a ratepayer in Westville for many years, at the start we had our own Police Force, Fire Service and our own Municipality. We had value for money. That all changed when Westville was swallowed up by the Durban Metro Administration.
I accept there have to be increases - inflation happens! But standards have to be maintained. They are clearly not being maintained as they used to be, and this was borne out in a recent visit to our old neighbourhood in Westville. The deterioration was most disappointing to say the least.
Persons responsible seem to be getting special treatment, for example a recently disgraced Mayor of Durban was just promoted to the Provincial Administration -sort of out of harms way.
There is nothing to suggest that any changes for the better are coming.
Raj
Property rates
Kay
Property rates
Why must we pay for services that are very poor or non-existence. Mismanagement, corruption and poor delivery or interrupted services are just the way it is. No official is held accountable for their misdeeds. They are suspended with full pay and more often than not transferred to another department. Why then must we pay the rates for the land held in trust, too.
Govender
Property rates
Kindly grant the property rebate to retired owners with NO limitations on the property valuation . The rebate should be fixed no matter what the value of property is. Eg R1000 rebate for property value in excess of R3million. The benefit must be enjoyed by all residents of 60 years and older


Thank you
Sharon
Property rates
Imraan
Other
There should be an option to decrease the rates. Poor service across many municipal departments. A few examples of the poor service are: unmaintained verges, street lights throughout the area are not working for years, constant water and power cuts, etc.
Mike
Property rates
You should have an option here for all increases but I’ve selected property as it encompasses the majority increase. This municipality deserves no increase until it starts providing services that justify the already excessive value payments. Start with protecting those rate payers from neighboring land invasions that are accompanied by theft of their services by illegal connections etc. and the destruction to the environment and public facilities in these areas that the rate payers have paid for. In essence, sort your shit out first before asking for higher sewage charges. You’re not The Shit you may think you are. So yet your shit together first.
Keith
Water
We cannot afford any increases right now. The covid 19 virus has financially affected my household and any increase cannot be afforded
Valerie
Other
Abigail
Electricity
My husband is unemployed from June last year. We cannot afford this increase. We are currently living of the little money we had saved. Despite efforts to get a job, we are unsuccessful. I have three children. I am barely making it each month end. This will destroy us and many many like us, unemployed as a result of covid.
Eugene
Electricity
Saajeda
Other
This is ridiculous because people have lost jobs and the we are in tough economic times. The gap is just going to widen and how can the average person get by.
Norman
Property rates
This is absolute madness. Everyone is battling and short of cash and everyone wants to have increase. Maes absolutely no sense to institute anything above CPI
Laura
Other
Rates keep increasing yet we see very little in terms of service for all these charges.
Improve service delivery first before crushing everyone economically.
Mike
Property rates
Everything has gone up whilst income has gone down, we are struggling to survive and even living without any luxuries we struggle yet municipal cost go up and municipal services go down.
I am horrified that in this state of disaster that the municipalities want to increase charges and workers salaries whilst the general public is suffering so severely, it is selfish and shocking and even more shocking is how service delivery has decreased. All the municipal workers were on full pay whilst the public was not earning anything. Is really a disgusting and selfish mindset whilst the economy is in such a bad state
Colleen
Property rates
In my area the grass is cust maybe once a year. My road has grass growing in the middle which hasn't been cut. My property has not had any upgrades and in fact with the dumping and bad roads it seems to have deteriorated on value, something Ethekwini doesn't take into account
Colleen
Property rates
In my area the grass is cust maybe once a year. My road has grass growing in the middle which hasn't been cut. My property has not had any upgrades and in fact with the dumping and bad roads it seems to have deteriorated on value, something Ethekwini doesn't take into account
Dhiren
Water
Across the board tariff increases are not warranted due to lack of service delivery and corruption. The eThekwini municipality must address why come residents get free basic water and others do not! Water is a human right an not based on where one stays.

Free basic water must be accessible to all. Now people are paying increases on basic human services and this is compounded by the nonsensical sewage disposal fee based on water usage. What about people who recycle their water for their gardens???